Certain words grating you? A Michigan school wants to know

(Vadym Drobot)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Is there a word or phrase that really bugs you? A peeve, pique or provocation?

Lake Superior State University is accepting candidates for its 46th annual tongue-in-cheek list of words that should be banished.

“It’s our tradition to publish the world-famous banished words list on Dec. 31 so that people don’t begin the new year by putting their foot in their mouth,” LSSU President Rodney Hanley said. “No-brainer — which also made our list in the past.”

The deadline to submit online entries is 8 a.m. EST on Nov. 30.

More than a dozen words or phrases were added last year, including “artisanal,” “influencer,” “living my best life” and “chirp.”

There are more than 1,000 banned words or phrases in the Lake Superior State archive. The late W.T. Rabe, who was public relations director, and faculty came up with the first list at a New Year’s Eve party in 1975.

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